BLACK SABBATH have issued the following official statement:
“With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan – the ‘Iron Man’ of rock & roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.”
This comes as Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) – are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
According to Wikipedia, Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. Typically, lymphomas present as a solid tumor of lymphoid cells. Treatment might involve chemotherapy and in some cases radiotherapy and/or bone marrow transplantation, and can be curable depending on the histology, type, and stage of the disease.
Black Sabbath will headline a number of Europe’s premier festivals in 2012.
After announcing their reunion on 11.11.11, these worldwide appearances are one of the most anticipated music events of 2012. Kicking off on Friday, May 18 in Moscow at Olimpski, the tour will bring Black Sabbath to the masses at: Download Festival (UK), Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Hellfest (France), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) and Gods of Metal (Italy). However, that’s only the beginning of the group’s global tour which will take the band around the world including countries the band has never played before and others they have not visited in more than three decades.
The four original members of Black Sabbath – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – are currently recording their first studio album in 33 years with legendary producer Rick Rubin (METALLICA, SLAYER) for release worldwide on Vertigo Records, and Vertigo/Universal Republic Records in the US in the fall 2012.
Revered music and spoken word artist, HENRY ROLLINS, has said that “Black Sabbath’s music is ultimate bone-powderizing gear. Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written ‘War Pigs.’ The critics never got it, but the fans did and still do, and the music has not lost any thunder with time but in fact resonates more loudly…Hail the mighty Black Sabbath now and forever.”
Music fans across Europe are in for a night of epic proportions from the Grammy-winning, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees on this very historic return.
Black Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are below:
18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
10 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest
19 – Paris, France – Bercy
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal
Versailles Records recently announced plans for the spring 2012 release of No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To OZZY OSBOURNE.
The label has now announced the guests that will appear on the album, which is set to cover highlights from Ozzy’s entire BLACK SABBATH and subsequent 30-year solo career.
Rockers include: Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER, RATT, L.A. GUNS), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Stu Hamm (JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI), Eric Singer (KISS, BLACK SABBATH, BADLANDS, THE CULT), and Derrick LeFevre (LILLIAN AXE) among others.
Along with the aforementioned name players, the record will feature a global collection of many of the hottest rock and metal bands on the rise around the world, from Europe to Japan, South America to the former Soviet block, reflecting The Prince of Darkness’s world-wide fan base.
Featured Millennium bands will include:
TAKARA, LEAVING EDEN, THE MADELINE HAZE, DIRTY ROSE, FIERCE ATMOSPHERES, KINGSHIFTER, CRYPTIC CHAOS, STONE DIRT, W.A.N.T.E.D., MATVEY, SHANE DOSS, TITAN’S EVE, SNAKESKYN WHISKEY, BUGSY PARKER, ATTICA RAGE, SAGE4, METAL HORSE, CRITICAL SOLUTION, SKYSCREAMERS, STALWART, HIGH VOLTAGE, SLANT, CRITICAL SOLUTION, DAWN OF THE FINAL DAY, NASTY REPUTATION,KINOATH, RAVAGE, REACT METAL, TATTOO FRANK & JERIES, IN HIS BLOOD, ALFREIH, QUARTERMOC, BLACK IRIS, CORNIVUS, ENDLESS VENDETTA, A NEW DECREE, ANNIHILATION, DRAWZZNIKK, ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE, AL SOLO FEATURING MANURI, MARTIAN HONEY, DEVIL, JUST ONE FIX, MANTASUKA, DOOM DOGS, ERLING SOLEM, MR. THUMB, PERRY MASON, DENNIS DEEN, MR. MURRAY.
The album will be released on May 8th, 2012 to retail nationally.
The original lineup of the legendary heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) — has reunited and will release a brand new album in 2012. The group’s first studio effort in 33 years will be produced by Rick Rubin, who has previously worked with METALLICA, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER and SYSTEM OF A DOWN, among many others. A world tour will follow, including an appearance at the U.K.’s Download festival on June 12, 2012.
Legendary guitarist Tony Iommi told Billboard.com that he and fellow original BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward assembled earlier this year at Osbourne‘s home in California to play some music “for a bit of fun, and to see if we could all play. It was good, but it was just purely, ‘Let’s have a go and see what happens.’” Iommi said the group planned to get together again “very soon…to discuss things and see what’s going to happen and see what we’re going to do. It’s all in the air at the moment, but it’d be nice to think we can actually do something.”
Iommi did not give any hints about the press conference the group is holding in Los Angeles, but said, “We’re talking. We’ve always been talking, to be honest. We’ve always been in touch with each other. There might be a lawsuit in-between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing’s happened.”
All four original BLACK SABBATH members will reunite for a press conference on November 11 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California — the same venue where the band made its Los Angeles debut on November 11, 1970 (41 years ago), opening for ALICE COOPER — at exactly 11:11 a.m. They are widely expected to announce that they have begun writing material for a new album in addition to preparing to play their first live shows since the summer of 2005.
The rumor is that Black Sabbath will tour North America with Judas Priest and Motorhead followed by heading to Europe for the spring/summer festival season.
Noisecreep are reporting that BLACK SABBATH have sent out invites for an announcement ceremony, next Friday, November 11th. According to the invitation, all four original members – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – will all be on hand for the announcement. The private event will be hosted by HENRY ROLLINS, and will be held at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA.
Black Sabbath’s official Facebook page has been updated with the image below:
Black Sabbath 11-11-11
According to rumours, the godfathers of heavy metal will be teaming up with fellow UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST and the legendary MOTÖRHEAD for a tour of North America in the spring, before Sabbath heads over to Europe for the summer festival season in June/July.
While the original members of BLACK SABBATH – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – appear to be reuniting with one rehearsal already in the can, there’s talk that a tour will happen in early 2012. According to rumours passed along to BraveWords.com, the godfathers of heavy metal will be teaming up with fellow UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST and the legendary MOTÖRHEAD for a tour of North America in the spring, before Sabbath heads over to Europe for the summer festival season in June/July. More news as it develops. No other details are available at this time. Once again, these should be taken as rumours and have not been confirmed by band management.
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Terrorizer that the original line-up of the band – also featuring singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – have been rehearsing for the rumoured reunion tour that could begin early next year.
“We’ve had a rehearsal and played some of the old stuff and to be together again was great. We’re all on good terms and we’re at a stage where we can play together again. It would be good if we could and I suppose it’s the closest it’s been to be able to do that. It could happen!”
Iommi spoke with Andrew Williams from Metro.co.uk recently about his new autobiography, life as a rock star and whether Ozzy Osbourne will ever rejoin the band. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Metro.co.uk: What’s your relationship with Ozzy Osbourne like now?
Iommi: “It’s good. We’ve had our ups and downs in the past but it’s been blown out of proportion to the point where, from the outside it looks really bitter, but we’ve never really fallen out.”
Metro.co.uk: Will you record with him again?
Iommi: “Who knows? It’s like when we had Ronnie James Dio with us, we broke up, got back together, did another album and tour. You can never tell. We got back together with Ozzy in 1997 and toured so you never know what’s around the corner.”
Metro.co.uk: What have you got left to achieve in your career?
Iommi: “I’m doing the soundtrack to three horror films, which I’m looking forward to. I’ve got a lot of ideas but won’t know where to start until I see the films.”
Ozzy Osbourne Performs at Madison Square Garden - December 1, 2010
Billboard.com’s Jillian Mapes reports:
Speculation surrounding a BLACK SABBATH reunion including OZZY OSBOURNE arose in August, when the Birmingham Mail reported that Sabbath guitarist TONY IOMMI said the original lineup was writing new material together. Iommi back-tracked on his official website, expressing disappointment that his statements – reportedly told in confidence – made waves. But he never actually denied the claims that the heavy metal gods were collaborating in some capacity.
Speaking with Billboard.com regarding his upcoming second book, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy, Osbourne also touched on the swirling Sabbath reunion rumors.
“Yes, it’s a very, very strong possibility,” he says of getting the old band back together. “It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out, it’ll work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep doing my thing.”
Bootleg : Black Sabbath - Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972
Guitar legend Tony Iommi’s manager Ralph Baker has put a new spin on the rumors that the original members of BLACK SABBATH – including singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – will be reuniting for an album and a tour next year. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail earlier today, Baker said Iommi “was not saying that it wasn’t true,” referring to his statement released yesterday.
When asked whether Iommi considered the story in the Birmingham Mail (here) to be untrue Baker said: “No, he doesn’t say that.”
But he added: “We haven’t got anything in place. He’s not denying that the guys have been talking but there’s nothing in the way that’s been implied in the statements that you made.
“He made them to you in June and he felt that he made them to you off-the-record.”
In response to online reports claiming the original BLACK SABBATH lineup is getting back together, guitarist Tony Iommi has issued the following official statement:
“I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.
At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, ‘Are you getting back together?’.
Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of “official” statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.
To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.
Bootleg : Black Sabbath - Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972
TMD has obtained extremely rare concert audio of BLACK SABBATH performing the cut “Tomorrow’s Dream” on September 15, 1972 at the Hollywood Bowl. The song comes off the legendary act’s fourth studio album Black Sabbath Vol. 4, released just ten days later on September 25, 1972. Though it has since become a classic, “Tomorrow’s Dream”,
released as the record’s single, failed to chart.
It was during the production that the band’s excessive usage of cocaine and other illicit drugs began to take a serous toll on them. As the story goes, drummer Bill Ward thought his playing was so horrendous that he feared he would soon be kicked out.
TMD has obtained extremely rare concert audio of BLACK SABBATH performing the classic cut “Electric Funeral” at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on December 6, 1976. This is the show where Frank Zappa introduces the band and is forced to make an excuse to the crowd, concerning the act’s late arrival onstage. Zappa claimed it was “due to technical difficulties”, but the legend is that Ozzy and Tony were too busy brawling backstage. This recording is making its debut on YouTube.
Legendary BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have issued the following brief statements regarding the one-year anniversary of the death of their friend/bandmate RONNIE JAMES DIO who lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67 on May 16th, 2010:
Iommi: “A sad day, Ronnie you might be gone but will never be forgotten “
Butler: “I can’t believe it’s been 12 months. RIP, Ronnie.”
Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, the staff members of Metal-Rules.com put their heads together and proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.
So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio!